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01 November 2020

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The Twisted Genius

This isn't a Tasmania-based website. It's a blog started by a Tesla investor and aficionado living in Irvine, California. Nevertheless, Starlink will be a boon for places like Tasmania. One commenter to the article was lamenting about his internet in northern Vermont. His service is far slower than this initial Starlink beta version and costs more. My brother living in northern New Hampshire relies on a line-of-sight radio link to a mountaintop relay station that cables the signals down the mountain to relative civilization. Last Spring, he was remote teaching with that internet link. He's glad he back in the classroom now. Elon will make a bundle on this and deservedly so. A lot of people throughout the world will benefit from this technology.

Peter Williams

This is a Tesla fan site, not a Tasmanian site, though I do agree that much of Australia would find the service useful.

I'm 33 km from the Brisbane GPO and was using Sky Muster NBN until a recent mobile tower upgrade allowed me to use 4G connection.

Skylink offers far faster speeds than Sky Muster, lower latency and hopefully more generous data packages.

Diana L Croissant

I am excited for my grandchildren's generation.

I can still feel how I felt when we saw that American flag being raised on the moon. Every classroom in the junior high building where I was teaching at the time had that poster on thee wall somewhere.

Thanks for keeping us informed about these things. I'm in Colorado and may hve to find a way down south to drive around the area.

walrus

Agree with Peter. The Skymuster satellite service works pretty well for me but I would like to see some competition to drive prices down. We are gradually adopting IoT. The blinds, irrigation, security cameras, etc and for that to continue prices must fall.

Lesly

We cut the cord years ago. At least 2 million households did the same in the first quarter of 2020. IMO the cable industry deserves to die for its reluctance to adapt to streaming services and upgrade its redundant content while charging customers more and more. Mississippi recently asked the FCC to investigate AT&T taking $283 million while failing to deploy broadband to rural areas:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/att-took-283-million-but-didnt-deploy-required-broadband-mississippi-says/

We are working from home since March and use Spectrum (fka Time Warner Cable). We pay around $75 monthly for an okay internet connection. I find at least one Spectrum ad in our mail every month promising internet AND cable for an additional $5 for one year. When they call I tell the salesperson I would rather pay 1/2 and keep the same internet service for a year, since they can obviously afford it.

I hope Starlink prices go down. I wonder how many rural American customers can afford $500 up front, and $1200 a year. I wonder how much Musk will charge rural customers in other countries, and if the American taxpayer will be expected to subsidize lower prices abroad, too.

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-musk-subsidies-20150531-story.html

turcopolier

lesly

These are prices in the Beta test.

Serge

I would gladly pay this price. Lack of suitable internet is the only thing preventing me from packing up to northern Quebec to work from home on some nice plot of land near a lake, always been a dream of mine.

Alves

I wonder if this, combined with the push toward remote working caused by COVID-19, will be another nail in the coffin of cities.

Prices are kind of expensive for the third world, though.

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